The BJP’s announcement comes on the heels of criticism from Opposition events just like the TMC and Congress, who pointed to the rising COVID-19 circumstances within the state
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday introduced that it’s going to restrict attendance at its leaders’ public rallies for the West Bengal Assembly election to 500 individuals. The get together in its press launch stated this transfer is available in view of the rise in COVID-19 circumstances.
“Is there an election in Maharashtra? It has 60,000 cases while here (in Bengal) it is 4,000. I care for Maharashtra and I care for Bengal. But linking ( COVID-19 surge) with election shouldn’t be proper. Which are the states the place elections came about? And those who didn’t have any election have witnessed the surge. How do you clarify that?” he stated within the interview.
However, the BJP, within the press launch on Monday, stated, “It has been decided that only small public meetings, with not more than 500 people, will be held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Central ministers in West Bengal. All these public meetings will be held in open spaces following COVID-19 tips.”
The saffron get together has despatched six crore masks and bottles of sanitiser to the poll-bound state, the press launch additional acknowledged.
The BJP’s announcement comes on the heels of criticism from Opposition events just like the TMC and Congress, who held Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah chargeable for the spike in COVID-19 circumstances within the state.
On Sunday, as West Bengal — within the midst of an eight-phased Assembly election, which is scheduled to finish on 29 April — reported 8,419 new circumstances in a span of 24 hours, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi announced a curtailment of their election occasions.
Banerjee on Monday blamed the BJP for disrupting the COVID-19 state of affairs within the state. “Modi and Amit Shah brought in thousands of outsiders with them for poll campaigns. They checked into hotels and guest houses and left after contaminating those places,” she claimed.
“The situation here, however, is not as alarming as in places like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh or Gujarat. In Delhi, lockdown has been imposed. In Uttar Pradesh, walls have been erected to hide bodies from view… In Bengal, we have to be alert,” she added.
Banerjee additionally lambasted the Centre for “not taking adequate measures over the past six months to avert vaccine crisis”. The chief minister added that Modi and Shah had been busy “making plans to capture Bengal, instead of chalking out measures to prevent the COVID-19 unfold throughout the nation”.
“Many safe houses built for COVID-19 sufferers have been booked by the EC for election functions. The state has plans to take over Salt Lake Stadium, Netaji Indoor Stadium, and different stadiums within the districts and convert them into protected homes,” she stated.
Mamata Banerjee, Rahul Gandhi curtail ballot occasions
In an interview, Banerjee stated that she won’t any “big rallies or roadshows” in Kolkata.
She was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, “I have decided not to hold any big campaign rallies in Kolkata, barring one which would be held at Beadon Street on the last day of campaigning on 26 April. It would be a symbolic meeting. The party will, however, organise smaller street-corner meetings. I will also bring down the duration of my rallies from one hour to around 30 minutes.”
TMC MP Derek O’Brien additionally tweeted in regards to the improvement on Sunday:
Mamata Banerjee will NOT marketing campaign in Kolkata anymore. Only one ‘symbolic’ assembly on the final day of campaigning within the metropolis on April 26.
Slashes time for all her election rallies in all districts. Restricted to only 30 minutes. #BengalElection2021 #Covid
— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) April 18, 2021
Meanwhile, Rahul additionally exhorted different political leaders to mirror on the “consequences of holding large public rallies”.
In view of the Covid state of affairs, I’m suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal.
I’d advise all political leaders to suppose deeply in regards to the penalties of holding giant public rallies underneath the present circumstances.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 18, 2021
The Congress has additionally been essential of Modi and Shah for holding political rallies amid the rise in coronavirus circumstances within the nation.
Senior get together chief P Chidambaram accused the prime minister of “shocking callousness” for holding large political rallies in poll-bound Bengal amid the rise in COVID-19 circumstances.
He stated the prime minister “should be at his job, sitting at his desk and coordinating with chief ministers in handling the pandemic”.
Last week, the CPM had additionally introduced the cancellation of its rallies for the remaining three phases of the West Bengal polls.
“We have decided that we will not hold large rallies ahead of the remaining phases of elections. We will lay stress on door-to-door campaign, campaign through social media and small street corners. Door-to-door campaigns and street corners would be held following proper COVID-19 protocols,” the report quoted CPM politburo member Md Salim as saying.
With inputs from PTI